Eric Sauvé lives and works in Montreal. He has also worked in residencies at Sagamie in Alma, Quebec (2010), Hangar in Barcelona in 2005 and Est-nord-est in St-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec in 2002.
His permanent public artworks include commissioned sculptures in the lobby of the Kirkland Public Library (2011), the Salle Jean-Grimaldi in Montreal (2012), the Grand Theatre in Calgary (2006), the Orford Arts Centre (2005) and the Usine C Theatre in Montreal (2004). He has also created temporary on-site installations at places such as the Chateau de Tours, France (2007) and the Esplanade of the Place Des Arts in Montreal (2003).
His solo gallery exhibitions include Circa Gallery in Montreal (2008), the New Gallery in Calgary (2006), the Sala Muncunill in Spain (2005), the Foundry Darling in Montreal (2004) and the Centre des Arts Contemporains du Québec à Montréal (2003), among others.
Geometric shapes are connected by intertwining steel cables that come together to form a large knot. The sinuous curves of the cables evoke mazes, school patterns or the friendship bracelets that children stitch. The individual path of each cable joins with the others to form a tight-knit, harmonious unit, emphasizing community solidarity.
The many possible symbolic associations of knots—junctions, puzzles, know-how—are reminiscent of the links, challenges, and discoveries of the school world. The circles, triangles and squares—symbols of elementary school—announce the function of the building, while the allusion to their transformation—from metal to marble—reminds us of the values of progress at the heart of the school’s mission.